Posted 7/24/18 (Tue)
By Brad Nygaard
Tragedy has struck a Divide County family whose members are widely known for their athletic prowess.
One family member died and four other members of the Jenkins family, formerly of Crosby, now of Columbus, were seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident Sunday on I-90, near Park City, Mont.
The Montana Highway Patrol has identified the injured as Jimmy Jenkins, 39, and his daughters Malia Jenkins, 16, Mariah Jenkins, 15, and Kiera Jenkins, 11.
Lorenda Jenkins, 39, the girls’ mother, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Billings District Capt. Keith Edgell of the Patrol said the family’s SUV was eastbound on the interstate when it appears to have drifted to the right shoulder. The driver overcorrected, lost control and the vehicle rolled . . .
“One of the victims was life flighted from the scene,” Edgell said. “The rest were taken by ambulance to Billings hospitals in critical condition.”
Mariah, who Edgell said was sleeping in the back of the vehicle prior to the crash, suffered an amputated arm, among other injuries when she was tossed from the vehicle. She was alert enough at the scene to talk to first responders.
“She told us the family had been in Gooding, Idaho, the night before,” Edgell said. “They were travelling back home to North Dakota. It was a regular day.”